Category Archives: I-Self-Me

Study shows people give up part of themselves when acting

“In this new effort, the researchers noticed that when actors become their characters, they take on characteristics similar to those seen in indigenous people in Brazil during possession ceremonies. […] They saw a drop in brain activityin the prefrontal cortex, for example, … Continue reading

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Why Westerners Fear Robots and the Japanese Do Not | WIRED

“We have a strong negative emotional response when someone kicks or abuses a robot—in one of the many gripping examples Darling cites in her paper, a US military officer called off a test using a leggy robot to detonate and … Continue reading

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Artificial Intelligence Can Predict Your Personality By Simply Tracking Your Eyes – Neuroscience News

“It’s often been said that the eyes are the window to the soul, revealing what we think and how we feel. Now, new research reveals that your eyes may also be an indicator of your personality type, simply by the … Continue reading

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New evidence for the “propinquity effect” – mere physical closeness increases our liking of desirable people and things – Research Digest

“In one, a group of male participants read lines from a modern musical version of Romeo and Juliet with an unfamiliar woman (actually a confederate helping the researchers) who was sitting either 80 centimetres or 150 centimetres away. Overall, those … Continue reading

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„Psychedelics take people to the very center of their personal problems”

What these psychedelics do above all, is give access to other states of consciousness that are dormant within our own minds. It’s the exploration of human consciousness. It isn’t really the drug effect as such. Why are we so afraid … Continue reading

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We actually ‘become’ happy vampires or contented wizards when reading a book

“Becoming a Vampire Without Being Bitten: The Narrative Collective Assimilation Hypothesis,” published in the current issue journal Psychological Science, presents research supporting the authors’ hypothesis that by absorbing narratives, we can psychologically become a member of the group of characters described … Continue reading

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People recall information better through virtual reality

The researchers found that people remember information better if it is presented to them in a virtual environment. The results of the study were recently published in the journal Virtual Reality. […] The key, say the researchers, was for participants … Continue reading

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Psychology’s favourite moral thought experiment doesn’t predict real-world behaviour

The participants saw two cages – one housing one mouse, the other housing five – each wired to an electroshock machine. They were told that in 20 seconds, if they did nothing, the machine would deliver a very painful but … Continue reading

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Social Rejection Can Lead to Violence But, Mindfulness May Be the Solution

Image Source: image is credited to theresearchers. “People who have greater levels of mindfulness — or the tendency to maintain attention on and awareness of the present moment — are better able to cope with the pain of being … Continue reading

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People who deeply grasp pain or happiness of others, process music differently in brain

“The researchers found that compared to low empathy people, those with higher empathy process familiar music with greater involvement of the reward system of the brain, as well as in areas responsible for processing social information. […]   Highly empathic … Continue reading

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The faces of God in America: Revealing religious diversity across people and politics

“Literature and art have long depicted God as a stern and elderly white man, but do people actually see Him this way? We use reverse correlation to understand how a representative sample of American Christians visualize the face of God, … Continue reading

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“The Thing Inside Your Cells That Might Determine How Long You Live”

“Under a microscope, it’s hard to miss. Take just about any cell, find the nucleus, then look inside it for a dark, little blob. That’s the nucleolus. If the cell were an eyeball, you’d be looking at its pupil. You’ve … Continue reading

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Mind Control * Barbara Ehrenreich’s radical critique of wellness and self-improvement

“Without opposing reasonable, routine maintenance, Ehrenreich observes that the care of the self has become a coercive and exploitative obligation: a string of endless medical tests, drugs, wellness practices, and exercise fads that threaten to become the point of life … Continue reading

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Loneliness in older adults is associated with diminished cortisol output

“• Loneliness in older adults is associated with increased mortality and morbidity. One of the possible mechanisms is dysregulation of HPA-axis. • In a group of 426 older adults, loneliness was associated with lower cortisol output after awakening and diminished … Continue reading

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The Science of Mind & Reality – Matthieu Ricard and Wolf Singer

  see also a corresponding article here: Matthieu Ricard and Wolf Singer

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What’s Going on With Men? The Mother Wound as the Missing Link in Understanding Misogyny

“Patriarchy demands of men that they become and remain emotional cripples. Since it is a system that denies men full access to their freedom of will, it is difficult for any man of any class to rebel against patriarchy, to … Continue reading

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Hungry for Love: The Influence of Self-Regulation on Infidelity

“The current research examines the effect of self-regulation on the likelihood of committing infidelity. Thirty-two college students in exclusive romantic relationships interacted through a private chat room with an opposite-sex confederate. Prior to this interaction, a food-restriction task depleted half the … Continue reading

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Media usage diminishes memory for experiences

“…participants engage in an experience while using media to record or share their experiences with others, or not engaging with media. […] Across three studies, participants without media consistently remembered their experience more precisely than participants who used media. There is no conclusive evidence … Continue reading

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Is belief superiority justified by superior knowledge?

“• People expressing belief superiority claim enhanced knowledge on that topic. […] • Despite perceiving themselves as more knowledgeable, knowledge assessments revealed that the belief superior exhibited the greatest gaps between their perceived and actual knowledge. […] • Specifically, when belief … Continue reading

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Higher educated people have negative attitudes towards the less educated

“In contrast with popular views of the higher educated as tolerant and morally enlightened, we find that higher educated participants show education-based intergroup bias: They hold more negative attitudes towards less educated people than towards highly educated people. […] Less … Continue reading

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